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Share the Season: Mom trying to pay for ill daughter’s care

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, at 10:48 p.m.

Share the Season is an annual campaign that offers one-time aid to people affected by unforeseen hardships. The people are not identified to protect their privacy.

The mother is no longer employed because her 3-year-old daughter needs full-time care.

The girl was born prematurely. She has developmental delay, chronic respiratory disease, a tube for breathing, a tube for feeding, infantile cerebral palsy, and congenital anomalies of pulmonary artery, among other things.

“We have been struggling financially since her birth,” the 25-year-old mother said.

She has applied for jobs. But her daughter must see specialists in Kansas City twice a month, which makes it difficult to maintain a job.

This month, the daughter has been scheduled to have her breathing tube removed permanently. Share the Season has helped pay some utility bills to free up more money so the daughter can have the surgery.

“We could either have the surgery or pay the bills,” the mother said. “Now the bills are paid, and we can go to Kansas City for the surgery.”

She is hoping that with the breathing tube removed, her daughter’s health will become more stable.

So far, Share the Season has raised $90,952.

Send contributions to Share the Season at the Wichita Community Foundation, 301 N. Main, Suite 100, Wichita, KS 67202.

To donate online, go to www.sharetheseason.org. Or use your smart phone to scan the QR code near this story.

Donors will be listed in The Eagle; please note if you prefer to remain anonymous.

To apply for help, fill out an application at www.sharetheseason.org or pick one up at the Salvation Army, 350 N. Market. The application deadline is Dec. 13. For more information, call 316-263-2769.

Among recent donors:

Anonymous, in memory of Marion Bird; anonymous, in memory of Orlan Simpson; anonymous, in memory of Anna Laura Lewis Stevens; Jimmy and Mary Ash; Beebe Custom Upholstery, in memory of Patrick Ray Klee; FengLing Chang; Don and Betty Cordes; L.M. and Joanne Dial, in memory of Anna Laura Lewis Stevens;

Paul and Bernadette Frank; Martha Hartwell, in memory of Chuck Hartwell; Terry and Norma Janzen; Judith Johnson, in memory of Marion Richey; Paulenia Jones, in memory of Joyce Tate; Jane Luellen, in memory of Anna Laura Lewis Stevens; MKEC Engineering Consultants, Inc., in memory of Anna Laura Lewis Stevens;

Jo O’Dell; Max Parkhurst; George and Marilyn Pearson; William and Mary Peltzer; Martin and Donna Perline; Terry Pope; Donald and Karen Prockish; Bob and Colleen Rogers; Perry and Carol Sandlin; Foster and Janet Smith, in memory of Anna Laura Lewis Stevens; James and Barbara Stucky;

Margaret Updegrove, in memory of Tom Updegrove; Michael and Gwendolyn Wilderson; in memory of Emma Wilderson; Nadine Williams and 11 anonymous donors.

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